Tim Berntsen

Civil Engineering, graduated with a BEng in July 2020

Tim Berntsen faces the camera for an indoor professional photo.
Tim Berntsen recently began working full-time at local company Omicron, where this photo was taken.

Tim Berntsen is the 2020 co-winner of the Department of Civil Engineering Graduation Medal. He shares a few thoughts as he embarks on the next phase of his journey.

Favourite memory: My best memories were formed as President of the Engineering Students’ Society – the people I met and the experiences I gained were all invaluable to my time at UVic and they will stay with me for the rest of my life. The non-technical knowledge and skills that I gained through such an intensive extracurricular position were a perfect supplement to the very technical knowledge that I gained from my classes.

Future: I have started working in Victoria with an integrated project delivery company called Omicron as a Construction Project Coordinator.

Longer-term: I want to make a difference in my community, give back to the organizations and institutions that have done so much for me, and all the while pursue my interests and passions to their fullest extent.

Advice for future students: I have two. Firstly, your co-ops are so, so important to your future, so don’t write them off. Spend every minute of a co-op position asking questions, learning and impressing, and you will be amazed how far it can take you in such a short amount of time. Secondly, enjoy your time at UVic. Get involved early – every club and position that’s available to an engineering student can provide you with crucial skills that will help you throughout your career. Meet as many great, like-minded people as you can. Try to take enjoyment out of every moment – even the stressful ones – because if you’re anything like me, you’ll miss all of it quite quickly after leaving.

View on diversity: While my time studying and working in the field of engineering has so far been good, many do not share that luxury. I encourage everyone – especially those most privileged – to continue the fight to make the field of engineering as inclusive and diverse as possible. Diversifying the engineering profession will engage all of the best minds from around the world, increase innovation capacity, and allow everyone and anyone with an interest in STEM to fully pursue their passion.

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